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NCSSM Student Reaches BioGENEius Finals

Sajith Wickramasekara, a student at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, is one of two Southeastern regional finalists in an international competition of high school biotechnology research projects, held in Atlanta on Monday.

Wickramasekara and the other regional finalist, Johnny Fells III of Georgia, were competing in the Sanofi-Aventis International BioGENEius Challenge, conducted by the Arlington, Va.-based Biotechnology Institute.

NCBiotech Business Financing

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center understands the importance of emerging entrepreneurial companies to the state’s life science industry. Through the Business and Technology Development Program, the Center invest in promising emerging life science companies across the state. This financing is designed to help recipients meet meaningful research and commercial milestones and secure follow-on funding from private investors.

The Economist Explores Biotech in NC

You can read about North Carolina's efforts to develop a biotechnology industry in this week's The Economist in an article titled "Pipettes at the Ready."

Riddick Joins Board at UNCG

Gwyn Riddick, regional director of the Piedmont Triad office of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, was recently appointed to serve on the Science Advisory Board (SAB) at UNC Greensboro.

The board's mission is to assist the science departments, research centers and laboratories at UNCG to achieve their goals in government/community relations, professional/industry relations, communications and resource development. Members advise, advocate, and open doors on the university's behalf.

$50K Biotech Center Grant Puts Animation at W-S School

A $50,000 grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center will let seniors at Atkins Academic and Technology High School in Winston-Salem help produce and share animated educational videos about biotechnology through a joint project with local educators, scientists and animators.

NC Hits #2 in Biz Climate

North Carolina's business climate has boosted the Tar Heel state to the second-best ranking in the United States, according to a newly published survey of 543 CEOs conducted by Chief Executive magazine.

The fifth annual survey by the magazine moved North Carolina up from third place last year and fourth place in 2007. Texas topped the rankings in the "Best & Worst States" survey for the fourth consecutive year. South Carolina came in ninth and Georgia fourth.

UNCP Opens $1.9M Biotech Site

There are now two official "Biotechnology Centers" in North Carolina.

One - the world's oldest, established by the General Assembly a quarter-century ago.

And the newest - dedicated last week by the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

And you could say they're from the same family.

Pappas Closes on $102M Fund

Pappas Ventures, a venture capital firm based in the Research Triangle Park, has closed its fourth investment package, a $102 million venture capital fund focused on the life sciences sector.

Teacher Workshop Registration Open

Interested in the promise of biotechnology, but not sure how to bring it to the classroom?

Been teaching science a long time, but looking for some new ideas?

Sign up for one of our annual summer teacher workshops. The week-long classes are held across the state and are open to North Carolina teachers.

A $50 registration fee holds your place, and most workshops pay a stipend and give you access to free laboratory supplies for the coming year.

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Venture 09 Full of Biotech

Tranzyme Pharma will join 14 other North Carolina biotech companies pitching their ideas at CED's Venture 2009 conference.

The RTP-based company develops products to treat gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases and is one of two featured presenters at the conference. The other is Peak10, a firm that provides data centers and has headquarters in Charlotte.

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